Good Evening, Refugees!
Today I briefly activated my listings on Etsy so that I could import my stock to Artfire and to Zibbet . Both imports were quick and painless, taking me less than five minutes, though I should warn you that Artfire's importer is only available to "pro" level accounts. The going rate is only $9.95 per month right now, and if you lock in, your rate will never increase. I have signed up for a pro account and I am impressed with all of the wondrous functioning tools at my disposal.
I also would like to report that I got an email from Etsy's @support address today to notify me that my shop announcement has been removed by Admin, and not to post it again. My shop announcement said more or less that in solidarity with my fellow jewelry makers I was moving my business as a result of the coral article. Etsy's support team has yet to respond to my second email asking that the coral article be corrected or taken down, but they acted swiftly to reprimand me for my shop announcement, so I know that someone is still awake over there.
There was also a bit of "push back" on the AF forums regarding the sudden onslaught of Etsy refugees coming there to talk about their negative experiences, mostly triggered by some sock-puppet drama, and though the posts were too generally worded to make a distinction between those of us seeking asylum and deranged people coming over to create drama that started over at E, many, many AF users were quick to let me know that we ARE most welcome there, and offer their support in finding our way around the site.
Now that I have experienced how easy and painless it is to move my shop, I am stunned that I was so afraid to do it. The questionable practice of relisting is a non-issue in these new venues, and I'm already seeing familiar faces on these sites. I realize that many people feel that they can not leave behind their Etsy shops for various reasons, but I have taken the plunge, and I feel much, much more comfortable, and highly motivated to get back to work building my business in a place where I am not treated with utter disdain.
The fact is, Etsy is not going to get its much-needed wake-up call if we continue stick around and enable their maltreatment of users. For those of you who have chosen to keep a presence on Etsy, I respect your decision, and understand the difficulties involved. Just don't expect to see any change in behavior on their part, because you will only be hurt and disappointed. There ARE alternatives out there... and good ones, at that.
So how are all of my 'fugees doing? Keep us updated on where you are moving, and how it is going!